First dive in South African waters

One of the things i was really looking forward to doing when i got home was some diving.  So my friend Angie let me know when she was doing a dive and i decided to join her.

Early on a Sunday morning we headed to Dive in Africa based in Umkomaas, the diving destination was Aliwal Shoal which is a very popular spot for diving.

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I knew the conditions would be different in South Africa but i didn’t realize how different they would be.  I really struggled with the dive.  Firstly the water was soooo cold compared to Asia, i was wearing a different type of wetsuit and so it through me off on what weights i needed and so in the beginning i couldn’t sink and i kept adding more weights but it took ages to get the weights correct so i could dive.  Then my ears started playing up and even though i kept equalizing it just wasn’t helping.  I kept on having to surface a little and try go back down again.  Finally everything seems ok.

After the first dive i was sitting in the little dingy boat and i started to get sea sick, my ears were throbbing and i just was not feeling great.  I really did not want to go in for the second dive as i was feeling awful but everybody convinced me i would feel much better if i went in again.

So in i went and i had no problems this time sinking, no problems with my ears and the dive went great..UNTIL…a remora, which is a fish that attaches itself to sharks, decided that it liked me and decided to follow me. I had never seen one before and i started to get scared because no matter how many times i tried to chase it away it kept coming so close to me and right up into my face.  I spent at least 15 min trying to get it away from me and with all the screaming into my mask and panicking i used up my air pretty quickly.  So i decided to surface, as i do there are 2 young daughters of one of the divers sitting in our the dingy boat and they say to me that there is a massive shark behind me.  I know i said i wanted to see sharks but i was not prepared for this and started screaming “get me out of here” over and over…yes i know i slightly overreacted but after the remora scared me i was just not ready for the shark!!! It was a blacktip shark!!!

blacktip shark!!!!

blacktip shark!!!!

Anyway it was great getting to dive in South Africa, i think i need a bit more practice before i do a bait dive with sharks 😉

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Me 😉

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me again 😉